Debbi Michiko Florence
Debbi Michiko Florence, a third generation Japanese American, is a former classroom teacher and zoo educator. Her debut chapter book series is Jasmine Toguchi (FSG/2017 and 2018). Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen was a Bank Street 2018 Best Children’s Books of the Year, on the 2018 Amelia Bloomer List, and the 2018 CBCC Choices List (Best of the Year). Mochi Queen, Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl, and Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper were Junior Library Guild selections. Debbi is also the author of two early chapter book series, Dorothy and Toto (Picture Window Books/2016) and the upcoming My Furry Foster Family (Picture Window Books/Fall 2019).
Debbi has spoken on panels at NCTE, Decatur Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, among others; taught workshops at SCBWI conferences; and presented at numerous schools. She will be a visiting artist for a week at the Singapore American School in 2019.
A native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, bunny, and two ducks.
June 17, 2019